Mexico Fast Facts*
- Population: 118,395,000
- Main Language: Spanish
- Roman Catholic: 89.2%
- Protestant: 7.2%
- Ethnic religions: 1.8%
- Non-religious: 2.8%
- Total number of languages: 286
- Number of languages with …
- No Scripture: 90
- Scripture portions: 51
- New Testaments: 124
- Bibles: 21
Mexico has a long history of conquest — of territory, religion and language. In 1519, the Spaniard Hernan Cortes arrived at Cozumel, an island belonging to the state of Quintana Roo. From there, Cortes invaded the Mexican territory and began the conquisition of Mexico.
For almost 500 years, Mexico’s indigenous languages were marginalized and considered second class, inferior to Spanish. But in 2003, a law was passed: Spanish would no longer be the official language, but rather one of many languages spoken across the country.
This law increased awareness among Mexicans, helping them understand and embrace the fact that Mexico’s culture will be incomplete unless all of her languages are valued and preserved.
Today there are still many indigenous languages throughout Mexico that need God’s Word, including Cuzas Zapotec.** Work is being done to help reach these indigenous languages — nearly 300 of them — with Scripture in a way that will speak directly to their hearts. Then they’ll know and understand that God is their God too, and that he values them and their language.
- Pray that communities across Mexico would know that God values them and their unique languages, and that he wants them to be able to understand the Good News in the languages that will penetrate their hearts.
- Ask God to further Bible translation work among communities who still need his Word so that more people can have access to Scripture for themselves.
- Pray for Bibleless communities like the Cuzas Zapotec to get Scripture in their own language.
Make a Prayer Connection: Pray for Wycliffe missionary Carter Spears. As a Scripture engagement worker, Carter wants to see more Scripture made available in the many languages spoken across Mexico to strengthen and encourage the church.